Wadgwood – Medallion – Veturia, Volumnia, Coriolanus
An early pale blue jasper medallion showcasing Veturia and Volumnia Entreating Coriolanus (Coriolanus with Wife and Mother), made by Jean Voyez, after Wedgwood, made c. 1770-1800.
Description: An early pale blue jasper medallion showcasing Veturia and Volumnia Entreating Coriolanus (Coriolanus with Wife and Mother), made by Jean Voyez, after Wedgwood, made c. 1770-1800.
Dimensions: 1¾” Diameter
Markings: impressed on backside with serif font, “WADGWOOD”, inscribed into jasper, “35”
Condition: Very Good Vintage Condition – no damage, no repair.
Biography: Voyez was enthusiastically hired by Josiah Wedgwood in 1768 for a job as a modeler at the Burslem factory wherein it was quickly discovered his resume may have been inflated and his talents not suited to creation. Wedgwood kept faith and shifted his workload to replicating the originals of Mrs. Landre, a skill that would later make him notorious. Within the year Voyez gets in trouble with the law is sentenced to a public flogging and imprisonment. Wedgwood & Bentley decide he is nothing but trouble and recognize he holds the keys to many company secrets and has the skills to train their competitors. They agree to pay his board and wage for two years for doing nothing in hopes it will keep him out of trouble. It fails and the always ambitious Voyez is courted by a variety of unscrupulous characters and goes on to become a master forger as well as an employee of the reputable James Tassie. Voyez used the “WADGWOOD” moniker as well as “WEDGWOOD”.
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